Song of the Day #4,296: ‘Gimme All Your Lovin” – ZZ Top

I’m always taken aback by the sea change in album sales brought on by the digital revolution.

Consider that Adele’s 25 is the only album of the entire 2010’s to sell more than 10 million copies in the United States. Three 1983 albums achieved the same feat: Def Leppard’s Pyromania, Lionel Richie’s Can’t Slow Down, and ZZ Top’s Eliminator. That’s just one year of the decade. Twenty-four other albums reached the same milestone throughout the 80s.

To further flesh out the picture, there were 20 Diamond (U.S.) albums released in the 70s, 22 in the 90s and then, wham, eight in the 2000’s. Five of those eight came out in the year 2000, two more in 2002 and the last one in 2004. Then Adele, with likely the last album that will ever achieve the feat, in 2011.

So yeah, the 80s was a peak album decade, so much so that a relatively ordinary album like ZZ Top’s Eliminator ended up in that rarefied air.

Don’t get me wrong. Eliminator has its share of hits. ‘Gimme All Your Lovin’,’ ‘Legs’ and ‘Sharp Dressed Man’ all appear on this album, the band’s eighth, and first to take full advantage of the MTV era. I vividly remember those videos, with their big beards, fast cars and pretty women.

The rest of Eliminator sails along on the same undeniable groove. If you’re into that kind of guitar-fueled rock, which I generally am not, there’s plenty to like.

Eliminator marked ZZ Top’s first experience with programmed drum machines, and the band wound up creating most of the tracks electronically, with only lead guitarist/vocalist Billy Gibbons laying down his parts live. In fact, the other two band members were largely absent during the recording sessions.

Sound engineer Linden Hudson did so much work during the creation of these songs that he sued the band for songwriting credit, eventually earning $600k and co-writing credit on one track, ‘Thug.’

If I were him, I would have held out for a piece of today’s SOTD.

[Verse 1]
I got to have a shot
Cause what you got is oh so sweet
You got to make it hot
Like a boomerang I need a repeat

[Chorus]
Gimme all your lovin’
All your hugs and kisses too
Gimme all your lovin’
Don’t let up until we’re through

[Verse 2]
You got to whip it up
And hit me like a ton of lead
If I blow my top
Will you let it go to your head

[Chorus]
Gimme all your lovin’
All your hugs and kisses too
Gimme all your lovin’
Don’t let up until we’re through

[Guitar Solo]

[Verse 3]
You got to move it up
And use it like a screwball would
You got to pack it up
Work it like a new boy should

[Chorus]
Gimme all your lovin’
All your hugs and kisses too
Gimme all your lovin’
Don’t let up until we’re through

2 thoughts on “Song of the Day #4,296: ‘Gimme All Your Lovin” – ZZ Top

  1. Dana Gallup says:

    I remember those videos as well. I can’t say I was ever a big ZZ Top fan, but they certainly had a unique sound and look.

  2. Amy says:

    I guess, in some ways, MTV was the early streaming service, as I counted on it and enjoyed songs like this one on it, while never considering buying the album. Of course, it was a huge advertising machine for all those who would buy the album… but it would be cool to know if there were ratings spurts during certain artists’ songs… today, the artists’ compensation would be tied to those “streams.” Maybe?

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